Robert Frost 1874-1963 A distinguished American poet by recognition and a Vermonter by preference. Robert Frost was a Poet Laureate of Vermont for many years, "First Citizen" of the Town of Ripton. He was long associated with the Middlebury College School of English and its Writers' Conference. "Breathed there a bard who isn't moved, When he finds his verse is understood, By his country and his neighborhood!" - Robert Frost 1961